Cotonificio Cantoni di Castellanza

Built: 1845

Abandoned: 1984

Visited: 2010

Castellanza, Italy

In addition to their first textile factory in Legnano along the Olona, the Cantoni family founded other cotton mills. They opened this factory in Castellanza in 1845.

During the First World War production in the textile mill was difficult due to the blockage of raw materials, which came mainly from Germany. During the conflict the company converted its plants to the production of war supplies. Also at the outbreak of the Second World War the company was forced to use the plants for war production. Like during the First World War, there was a small supply of raw materials. Despite the war, the cotton mill continued to grow even during this decade.


In the sixties began the decline due to the progressive industrialization of developing countries. The irreversible crisis, for the Cantoni cotton mill, began in the second half of the seventies, thanks to the increase in the price of raw materials and energy sources.

After closedown in 1984 this Cotonificio Cantoni was partly reopened in 1991 to house a university. Other parts still are abandoned today.

Photos Cotonificio Cantoni di Castellanza

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